Bicarb deodorant

Bicarb deodorant is an effective and inexpensive way to combat unpleasant body odour but it is no anti-perspirant.

The whole problem with fake news is that leaves lingering doubt in our minds. Was that raw sewerage flowing into Midmar Dam or was it mud carried by stormwater?

Do cell-phones cause brain tumours and do they kill bees?

Do underarm deodorants cause breast masses?

I do not have answers to these niggling doubts, but ever since the breast tumour scaremongering some ten or more years ago, I have had disturbing thoughts about deodorants. In large measure it is fueled by a generalised and possibly exaggerated fear of chemicals, be they consumed, inhaled or lathered on our bodies.

Indulgent shower.

Infertility is a huge problem in the Netherlands and some fifteen years ago, much published in the media, it was shown that the sperm of men who use three or more cosmetics daily were a massive seven-times less productive; polystyrene-cups were fingered too.

Even there the original research is nowhere to be found on the net; was it fake news, and has it been rescinded?

So the doubts lingered and my wife would irritatingly confirm that Bernie often stank despite all the scrubbing in the world. There is a lot of neoplastic disease in my family, and I had no desire to join the ranks.

All of that changed after a chance encounter with a friend who works regularly with Zulu women. She told me they do not have a body-odour problem, and they cannot afford deodorants; they use bicarb.

In the armpit there is a permanent community of bugs known as the microbiome. Their existence is greatly influenced by the pH; should it get either too high, or low, they flourish and produce a noxious body-odour.

That bicarb works as a deodorant is now beyond dispute as far as I am concerned, and you can ask my family for confirmation. They no longer grimace when I come near after gardening. It would appear that by making the armpit slightly more alkaline, there is inhibition of the bacteria that produce those nasty odours. It is not an anti-perspirant so you will still sweat, but not stink.

Incidentally, my dentist confirms that the same is true in the mouth. Bicarb is a good abrasive and by reducing the acidity in the mouth contributes to less dental-decay. Another possibly fake news account reports that some toothpastes use microbeads of plastic as an abrasive that then enter the effluent and some of which find eventually their way back into our drinking water.

It takes no imagination or reminder from the greenie that both empty canisters of deodorant and toothpaste tubes cannot easily be recycled and simply contribute to the gross New England Road dump.

So, test the waters. After your shower, put a very small amount of bicarb on the tip of your finger and rub it around your damp armpit. Then use just a little to brush your teeth, not forgetting to floss too. I think you will be well pleased with the result; it will also contribute significantly to balancing the family budget.

Bicarb deodorant

Bicarb deodorant means no noxious carrier-chemicals breathed in from the can or smeared in the armpit; raising the pH discourages the bacteria that produce unpleasant odours.

In Dutch it is called zuiveringszout; the salt that purifies. Some even swear that its alkaline nature helps prevent gout, though that I cannot confirm. It will raise sodium levels in the body to our detriment if ingested.

A cyan zone

Using bicarb as a deodorant is part of our attempt to create a little cyan zone at our home, combining the virtues of blue and green living; caring for both ourselves and the planet.

If you have never listened to Dan Buettner on the longevity and wellness of the people who live in the so-called blue zones of the planet then you are missing out on a treat; it is a half hour video clip, worth every moment.

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